Given that these guys have presided over the worst intelligence fuck-ups in the history of the discipline, it's hard to feel sorry for them as we watch Porter Goss take the axe to the Directorate of Operations at the C.I.A.
You've got to give Goss some leeway, since he is, after all, a spook himself, so presumably has some idea of the Culture of Spookdom. But still, two questions remain: a) does gutting the leadership make us less secure in the short run? and b) who's going to replace this leadership long-term -- and specifically, will it be partisan hacks or dispassionate career officers?
As laymen, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope.